Experience kinship with nature through hula 

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Hula is the profound dance of environmental kinship.  Our learners experience that when they hula they are in communion with nature and themselves... 
I invite YOU into the sacred exchange with the tree people, the micro organisms of our sacred dirt, the volcano people, the cloud people, and the mountain people. 
COME EXPERIENCE...the very elements that we dance and chant about are also in us! 

Opening your heart to your nature-self through hula

Become part of the Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa learning community.  Register today and get immediate access to content.  

Curious about whatʻs included in your registration?

  •  Audio & Video Lessons (includes PDF written lesson material): All course content is available on our online course platform~Kajabi. Video lessons by Kekuhi, her daughters and ʻūniki students are highly entertaining
  • Lesson topics include: Hula Kuahu (altar for Laka), ʻAʻahu (dressing ritual), protocol oli (chants), Haki Kino (warm up) videos, Hula Pele Set, and a Hula ʻŌlapa Set.
  •  Papa Haʻehaʻe Learner start-up package will be mailed to you that includes kīhei (ritual wear) material, and other goodies from Lonoa Honua!
  •  LIVE sessions: A collective virtual classroom space where you will get LIVE with our Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa hula family. Every 3-4 weeks, you are invited into our secure Zuma-Lani (Zoom) classroom for lively discussions, protocol, hula, question & answer, and other activities. This is when we get into community and engage at a more intimate level.
  • ZUMA-lani Recordings: If your schedule/time zone does not allow you to attend LIVES, ʻaʻole pilikia, no problem.  We record the LIVE and upload it to your memberʻs page with a written summary.
  •  Community JAMS & ʻAha (Ceremony: Our regular LIVE sessions is not all! Part of your class is spent in the larger Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa community in what we call the Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa JAM. You are invited to join the Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa Jams that occur every other month. In addition, you are invited to engage in seasonal ʻaha (ritual) as a part of sending beneficial pulses into the world
  •  "Secret" Practices: Kākoʻo (guides) will support you every 1-2 weeks in "Secret Practices" where you have 1 hour of practice and Q&A time. 
  •  A supportive online community: One of the best feelings is to know you have a community to connect with like-minded people who have a love for hula. In addition to connecting to learners in the LIVE sessions, you will also have an online private platform called CIRCLE (it's like facebook, but better!) to engage with one another and the instructors/kākoʻo. 

BONUS 1: LIFETIME ACCESS! You will have access to the online course content for as long as this program is offered on Kajabi!

BONUS 2:  Your first class is on us!  Sometimes you just need a foot in to solidify your decision to register.  We agree with you, so, we offer the first LIVE free of charge:). Youʻre welcome.


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Papa Haʻehaʻe -Level 1
 All levels and experiences welcome to experience Hula Ecology and the embodiment of Honua


Experience the convenience of having ALL your learning material available to you in your online platform. 

Join Papa Haʻehaʻe LIVES Schedule

Saturdays, 5:00-7:00pm (HST)

SEP 24  /  OCT 8  /  OCT 29  /  NOV 12  /  DEC 3  /  DEC 17*

*Final class on Dec 17 will be from 2:00-4:00pm

One-Time Payment

SAVE $267.30 by making 1-payment of $2,673.00 today

Thatʻs just $14.85/day for:

-hours of a fully loaded hula curriculum taught by an 8th generation practitioner of ʻaihaʻa

-ritual & protocol

-support, support, and more support

-a community of other fun & passionate folks

-LIVE time with Kekuhi & her daughters & family

-the language and approach to connect with nature in hula

-the possibility of hybrid classes (tentative as we figure this out,  Thanks)

-a certificate of acknowledgement, (Palapala Hoʻōia) of your learning

-participation in our awesome Hāʻike (ritual demonstration of learning)

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Thatʻs ONLY $16.33/day 🌿 for all the elements of the ONE-TIME Payment....

PLUS the convenience of paying monthly rather than all at once!

Each month you get:

-hours of a fully loaded hula curriculum taught by an 8th generation practitioner of ʻaihaʻa

-ritual & protocol

-support, support, and more support

-a community of other fun & passionate folks

-LIVE time with Kekuhi & her daughters & family

-the language and approach to connect with nature in hula

-learn to hoʻopaʻa as you master each hula

-the possibility of hybrid classes (tentative as we figure this out,  Thanks)

-a certificate of acknowledgement, (Palapala Hoʻōia) of your learning

-participation in our awesome Hāʻike (ritual demonstration of learning)

JOIN Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa NOW

Hula Consiousness

Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa intentionally nurtures informed hula practitioners by connecting our hula practice to the ecology of our spaces. Ulu Ka ‘Ōhi‘a is a hula experience that unveils many layers of the hula process.


Kuahu initiates deepening connection to our natural world through the recognition and ritualization of the traits, behaviors and functions of our plant people.


The dressing ritual reminds us of the divinities, the energy of the very elements in our mele hula who we "call into" our space, our minds, our hearts, and our very cells. Kākua the pāʻū, ʻaʻahu the kīhei, hoa all 4-kūpeʻe, and lei our lei; these ʻaʻahu remind us that we are vessels for the health of our hula universe.

Hula Pele

Who indeed is the very foundation of these islands who birthed hula?  It is the pele, the magma, the heat, the rock, the gas, the sulfuric mineral, the smoke, the steam, the very element of honua (earth). When we dance, we are not dancing "about" the element, we become the element upon and in which water collects, clouds form, and life grows.

Mele/Oli/Hula & Hoʻopaʻa

Mele is the text, the poetic documentation of the millennium of observations of the natural cycles in these islands; oli is the sonic vibrations that distributes the message of the mele; hula is the embodiment of our earth family; and, hoʻopaʻa to memorize or make secure, hula is all of these.

Hula ʻŌlapa

A kinolau for Laka, to flash as lightening, the dancer, these are all ʻōlapa. Hula ʻōlapa are largely made up of hula noho, hula ʻiliʻili, hula ʻulīʻulī, hula kā lāʻau, hula maʻi, hula aliʻi...a great many genre and variety indeed.


Hula links the kanaka (human) to nature, bridges nations, binds people to their mountains, unites different cultures, and connects us to our dream, our imagination; hula saved our nation; hula should not divide communities, rather hula brings us together. Hula is indeed the heartbeat of Hawaiʻi.

YES! Iʻm going for it!
Hula ecology is the primary way we live-into our relationship to the world; our main entry point is dance or hula and oli or chant; and what is hula but the total embodiment of our universe. If we never forget that we are in every star, every sea shell and every flower, we shall never forget that the health of our hula is reflected in and dependent on the quality of our relationship with our relatives in nature.

Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa Courses

 Ulu Ka ‘Ōhi‘a is a hula experience that unveils many layers of the hula process. Each papa (or course) offers new practices and insights to deepen your hula consciousness.  Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa is currently offered in a completely online format.

See single adult registration options below. Contact [email protected] for any other registration options. We have special offers for keiki/children, kūpuna/seniors, Hula Hālau, group, etc.)


The first awareness

Greeting the sun or one's own consciousness at the eastern gate of Kumukahi on Hawaiʻi Island. Get ready for an immediate deep dive into the practices of: kuahu, dressing ritual, haki kino, and finding ʻiliʻili (handheld stone implements). This is an intense first course that requires some quick shifts of mindset and mindfulness. All levels and experiences welcome.  

Level 1 Haʻehaʻe Register


The second awareness

Connecting to one's Hiʻiaka (hiʻi - carry in a cherished way; aka - reflection/shadow). Protocols and processes are more familiar. In addition to the Hula Pele, Hula ʻOlapa and the ritual chants/process from Papa Haʻehaʻe, we continue to add to your repertoire of mele oli and mele hula as you and the kuahu begin to connect more deeply. We also learn ʻohe kāpala kīhei (kīhei printing) to create your first piece of ritual wear.

How We Engage

As a Community

The structure of these courses is based on the a Hālau format, in which "hā lau" (many breaths) or may people and perspectives is integral to the learning process. Thus, we open these courses to cohorts of new learners, who will move through the lessons and levels together.


Our courses are offered in a 100% online format. Video content and other resources are uploaded regularly to our member site to help pace our learners' progress.


Each level of Hālau ʻŌhiʻa Iākea is a 3-month commitment. Lessons are released as the cohort moves through the material and learning is largely self-directed.


While learning is self-directed, the pace of learning is based on the cohorts's overall progress. Learners will have the opportunity to connect with both Kekuhi and other learnerʻs in their cohort with regular online meetings (via Zoom).

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